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Trouble breathing at Warda

 
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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2004 9:32 am GMT +0000    Post subject: Trouble breathing at Warda Reply with quote

During the Warda race, I was having a hard time breathing. My breaths felt shallow during the entire race, then after, I was coughing for about 2 hours, and today (the day after), my breathing still feels a little "shallow". I even felt light-headed after the race. I don't think I've ever been asthmatic, but I imagine that this is what it would feel like.

Is there something in the air at the ranch that could cause allergies and difficulty in breathing?
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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2004 8:08 am GMT +0000    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know that a couple of my teammates as well as myself had the same problems. I haven't talked to them today (Tuesday), but I know I feel better. I was thinking that maybe a combination of allergies and the cooler weather. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2004 8:48 am GMT +0000    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sugar Mama:

Your symptoms could be due to exercise induce asthma with an associated allergic component to the pollens in the air. If you notice you cough, get short of breath or wheeze when you exercise in cold weather or at times when the pollen counts are high you are likely afflicted with exercise induced asthma.

See your doctor and review your symptoms. This diagnosis is often missed as at the time of the doctor visit, the patient is symptoms free. You may benefit from an evaluation by a Pulmonologist, a specialist in lung diseases.

Medications that can help include a daily preventative medication that reduces airway inflamation such as Pulmicort, Flovent or Asthmacort. These are inhaled corticosteroids that do not cause the side effects of systemic steroids when used in the low to medium dosage range. Additionally, a bronchodilator such as albuterol should be taken 15-30 minutes before competion or training to prevent the exercise induced asthma attack. These drugs are approved by the US and International Olympic Committee as well as by UCI, the international cycling governing body. Your physician just has to sign a filled out drug declaration form that is available from USA cycling.

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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2004 9:54 am GMT +0000    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have used Pulmicort daily for the last year and half or so. Turns out I have had asthma for years but wasn't treating it. I just assumed that I was out of shape.

I forgot to use the Albuteral or Serevent either one before the race and as a result, am coughing and some wheezing like many others even still today. It does seem to be a combination effort of these drugs at times. During the winter, I had no problems remembering both but a nice day like this past Sunday, and I forgot.
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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2004 12:02 pm GMT +0000    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks so much Doc! I figured it was something like that. I'll make an appointment with my doctor and go from there.

Again, thanks for taking the time to reply with such helpful info.!
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